Recently, my power company emailed me my monthly electricity usage report. Within the report, the company indicated that there was increased usage with my energy consumption. Under normal circumstances this would be alarming to me because there would be no reason for my energy consumption to increase unless there was something wrong with the HVAC or some other appliance in my home. Well, the reason for the increase in my energy usage is because I had my entire family staying here with me. So, of course, when they were here, I ran my HVAC unit more than I usually do when I am home alone. In fact, I also had the thermostat set lower at night so that my family could be comfortable. Typically, I sleep with the thermostat at 75 degrees in the warmer months, but while my family was here, I lowered it to 72 degrees. One night, my sister lowered it to 70 degrees, but that was too cold for my mom who complained the next morning about how cold she was during the night. So, we all agreed to keep the thermostat set to 72 degrees at night. My power company would have no idea that any of this was happening inside my home. The only thing that they are seeing is that there is unusual activity on my monthly energy usage. I am glad that the company monitors my energy consumption and sends me notifications when something is odd. It tells me that if in the future there is an increase in my energy consumption, I will be able to know that there is an issue that I need to address.